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News number: 8804271133

16:25 | 2009-07-18

Economy

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Iran-Pakistan-Turkey Freight Train to Start Operation Soon

TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistani Minister of Railways Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour announced on Saturday that a freight train service is slated to start operation on 14 August to ferry cargo from Islamabad to Istanbul via Tehran on a regular basis.



"Pakistan's Railways Organization has prepared itself to start operation of the international Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul freight train service," local media quoted Bilour as saying.

He underlined that the train would either leave Islamabad for Istanbul or vice versa on August 14, Pakistan's Independence Day.

The Pakistani minister said that 1,900 km out of 6,506 km-long railway passes through Pakistan, 2,570 km through Iran and the remaining 2,036 km passes through Turkey.

Bilour said that the rail link is deemed as among the major projects of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and is in line with an agreement signed between the three countries in March.

He also noted that Iran has provided the required facilities for loading-unloading cargo in its southeastern city of Zahedan as part of efforts to construct a standard railway between Zahedan and Pakistan's Mirjaveh.